Alf for years has been uneasy about the increasing recruitment of women into the police, no matter how butch or beefy they might be. When push comes to shove, or arrest turns to fisticuffs, you need a bloke, and the bigger the better.
Mrs Grumble takes issue with him on this matter, accusing him of being sexist and saying she would liked to have been a cop but…
But Alf feels his opinion has been well and truly validated by the case of a lady plod in Britain who failed to lift her feet while plodding – not high enough to get above a bit of kerbing, anyway – and she tripped.
A report at Stuff about death rates of people from surgery (here) was almost sobering. It seems Alf is fast headed to join folk in an age bracket where the odds of coming out of hospital alive are much too short for comfort.
Mind you, the odds are even shorter for unhealthy elderly people, which has driven your hard-working member down to the Eketahuna Club for a stiffener.
He has taken that course on medical advice (here).
Any curiosity we might have harboured about Maori attitudes to a good old-fashioned democratic vote are reinforced today by Pita Sharples.
The Maori Party co-leader has written an opinion piece for the Herald (see here) to set out his reasons for staying on in the job, paying no heed to fellow co-leader Tariana Turia and MP Te Ururoa Flavell who reckon his used-by date has expired and it’s time he stepped down, rather than stay on past 2014.
So what does the Anglican Church have in common with the Maori Party?
Lots of leaders.
Alf was reminded of the similarity between the church and the Maori Party after the Bishop of Taranaki, Philip Richardson, was elected Archbishop and became one of three men who jointly share leadership of the church in this country (see here).
Bishop Richardson will share leadership duties with the leader of the Maori arm of the church, Archbishop Brown Turei, and with Archbishop Winston Halapua who is Bishop of Polynesia.
Sharing leadership is something the Green Party likes to do, too.
Gotta say it was encouraging to get some idea of what Dame Susan Devoy has to say about Waitangi Day.
Or rather, what she has written about Waitangi Day.
Some tosser on Radio NZ’s Morning Report this morning (listen here) was obviously hoping she would expand on what she had written and tried teasing her into saying something untoward. She had the good sense to be circumspect. She should have hit him in the nuts with her squash racquet.
She was circumspect – or rather, considered about what she said as you will find here – because she has just been named Race Relations Commissioner.